Selma Ala. Dec. 6th 1863.
Mrs. M. Lou Feemster;
As I've written since the receipt of your last, I have nothing of interest to communicate at present, and only write that you may not be disappointed by not hearing from me regularly. Most of the week just past has been exceedingly cold and disagreeable, so much so that I have done but little private work. Have however made something over $20.00. Made 7.50 last night and then went and saw the Royal Arch degree conferred, and got back in time to wash and fix up for Sunday, before midnight. The weather is quite cool yet, but very pleasant. You need not distress yourself about my becoming a worshiper of that idol you mention, for it is only my solicitude for the comfort and welfare of my loved ones, and not for myself, that inspires sufficient energy to keep me in the course I am pursuing. I candidly believe it is not in me to love a dollar. The very idea, to my mind, is too absurd. As to my enjuring my health, or my sight either, I think I'd soon be conscious of it, and if so would "desist Mrs. Maguire" unless forced by necessity.